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posted on July 31st, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Have you caught it yet? Sports fever is sweeping the world, and we’re only a week into the 2012 London games. With every game, the host city introduces the world to their very own mascot, and London is no different. Have you caught a glimpse of Wenlock and Mandeville? (I think there’s something oddly familiar about them…)

For the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles, Disney Legend and publicity artist Bob Moore created Sam the Eagle, the mascot for the games.
Sam the Eagle, the Mascot for the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Created by Disney Legend Bob Moore

Introduced after the end of the 1980 games in Moscow, Sam the Eagle was extremely popular and appeared on merchandise like PVC figures, plush animals, plates, pins, trophies, mugs, key chains, statuettes, stickers, t-shirts and even Frisbees.
Sam the Eagle, the Mascot for the 1984 Los Angeles Games, Created by Disney Legend Bob Moore

I think Sam the Eagle and Sam Eagle should get together to produce an even more amazing “salute to all nations but mostly America” over at Muppet*Vision 3-D. It would be one very spirited collaboration.

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Danielle on July 31st, 2012 at 9:16 am

I grew up in L.A., and was a child during the LA Games. Loved Same the Eagle, my favorite Olympic mascot ever. I had no idea there was a Disney connection to his creation. I agree with your Sam/Sam collaboration, but what would Statler and Waldorf have to say about that?

 

Nate Rasmussen on July 31st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Oh, I’m sure they’d throw in their two cents, and it’d be sarcastic – that’s for sure.

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Barbara from MI on July 31st, 2012 at 9:56 am

Is he related to muppet Sam the Eagle? LOL

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Philip on July 31st, 2012 at 10:01 am

This is clearly the same Sam Eagle that hosted Disneyland’s long-gone America Sings attraction.

 

Nate Rasmussen on July 31st, 2012 at 1:51 pm

It’s not, I promise. That’s actually Eagle Sam. (The Walt Disney Archives verified this fact for me!)

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Philip on July 31st, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Well, both of Disney’s “Sam Eagle/Eagle Sam” characters do look quite identical to each other. Maybe they’re twins. :D

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Tiffany on July 31st, 2012 at 11:47 pm

“I think Sam the Eagle and Sam Eagle should get together to produce an even more amazing “salute to all nations but mostly America” over at Muppet*Vision 3-D. It would be one very spirited collaboration.”

SO FUNNY ! Great post thanks!!

xo
tiffany t

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Erin from RI on August 1st, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Now that’s a mascot!

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